Wellness

Keeping Healthy for the Holidays

ThanksgivingWatching what you eat during the holidays can be complicated. From the Thanksgiving carb fest to the many sweets of Christmas, you are going to end up eating something that isn’t so great for you – but don’t worry! We’ve come up with a handful of tips to help you stay healthy while you are celebrating the holidays.

  • Keep Moving – Don’t stop your exercise regimen during the holidays! Whether it is snowing out or you are visiting your loved ones, it’s important to exercise at least 30 to 45 minutes a day.
  • Control Your Portions – You can enjoy mashed potatoes with your meal, but don’t go overboard. Watching your carb intake is very important. See if you can fill your plate with mostly steamed veggies instead of fatty or carb heavy sides.
  • Watch What You Drink – Holiday alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar and fat, so choose wine instead of eggnog if you plan to indulge. Furthermore, you can stay away from alcohol and enjoy tea, coffee, or water instead.
  • Say No – When you are at a party, just say no to any fattening foods. It doesn’t matter how much someone pushes the food on you, only eat what you want to eat.
  • Bring Healthy Foods to Your Event – If you have to make a dish for potluck dinner, bring a healthy dish. This guarantees that there will be at least one healthy option for you.

Holiday eating can be tough – but we know you have the willpower to keep yourself in check. Remember that it pays to enjoy in moderation, too. You’ll feel better after your meal (seriously – no need to pass out on the couch!) and you’ll still be able to take part in a wonderful tradition.

From all of us at OVitaminPro.com, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

 

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Take a Hike and Celebrate!

Today is National Take a Hike Day and what better way to celebrate than to get out and enjoy it!

Hiking is a great way to stay active, no matter what your age, plus it can yield a multitude of health benefits. As part of National Take a Hike Day, we’re celebrating this wonderful activity and sharing a few of the health reasons why hiking should be on your list of must-dos:

  • Hiking can help reduce your risk of heart disease and hypertension by putting your cardiovascular system to work. Any exercise is great for your heart!
  • Hiking is good for the soul! Getting out into nature can be a great way to restore your spiritual or emotional well-being. Many studies show that giving yourself quiet time in nature can yield a longer life, less stress, and more.
  • Hiking can also help in reducing anxiety. When you hike or do any kind of exercise, your body releases endorphins that will naturally elevate your mood and reduce your anxiousness.
  • Hiking also releases adrenaline built up by your anxiety. Studies show that walking can yield immediate decreases in tension and anxiety, regardless of how fast or slow participants walked.
  • Hiking is also great for helping to reduce the negative effects of osteoporosis by increasing bone density and the rate of calcium loss.
  • Hiking is weight-bearing exercise, which means it strengthens both muscles and bones – i.e. it’s a great activity for two of your body’s most important systems.

So get out there and take a hike –  not just today, but as often as you can!

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Why You Need to Stay Hydrated

Green JuiceOne of the most common things you’ll hear if you’re active during the summer months is, “You need to stay hydrated!” While staying hydrated during those hot summer months is paramount, year-round hydration is just as important. Sixty to seventy percent of our bodies is comprised of water, so it goes without saying that our cells rely on a fresh, constant intake of H2O. However, there are some benefits to staying properly hydrated that you might not know:

  • Replacing sugary sodas with water can help weight loss and keep your body flushing out fat and toxin byproducts.
  • Drinking water can help keep your skin supple and elastic.
  • Staying properly hydrated can improve blood and oxygen flow to your brain, which actually improves your memory!

So, how can you make sure you’re staying hydrated? Here are a few handy tips you can use:

  • Carry around a large bottle of water as a reminder to keep drinking.
  • Many fruits and vegetables are great sources of water and they’re good for your health! Try stocking up on juicy fruits, lettuces, and other water-rich foods.
  • This may sound gross, but monitor your urine color. It should be a pale yellow color or mostly clear.
  • Don’t discount drinks like black tea and black coffee. While caffeine does have a slight diuretic effect, it is not enough to diminish the water.

Be sure to check the OVitaminPro.com blog for more health-saving tips!

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